Alex McCarthy has shaken off a minor injury and is available for selection ahead of Southampton’s trip to Brighton and Hove Albion.
Ralph Hasenhuttl spoke to the media on Thursday afternoon and confirmed that he has a clean bill of health for the game at the Amex Stadium, with the experienced goalkeeper back to full fitness.
McCarthy was not on the bench for Southampton’s defeat to Liverpool, but the reason behind his absence was unknown.
However, Hasenhuttl has since revealed that the 29-year-old missed out because of a knock, which he has since recovered from. As quoted by Saints’ official website, the boss said:
At the moment, we don’t have any injuries. Alex had a little problem last week, but now he is fit again. We have a lot of options for a few positions.
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It’s good to hear that McCarthy is back and ready for action, but I don’t think he should come into the team. Angus Gunn had a great game against Liverpool and deserves to retain his place in the starting line-up.
Competition for places can only be a good thing, and it’s positive that Hasenhuttl has two goalkeepers of a good standard to choose between. There should be a battle for the number one spot this season as, for me, they are both at a similar level.
Gunn, 23, has the potential to become a very good goalkeeper, but he has shown lately that he does have his flaws. McCarthy, meanwhile, is on the cusp of his thirties and at the peak of his powers, with little clear room for development.
Continuity is important, especially for goalkeepers. As such, I think sticking with Gunn and ensuring that a solid back-line is established are the methods that Hasenhuttl should choose to pursue.